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India presses on with internet regulations

Chinese-style censorship feared after government consults with tech giants

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015. Today, his government is determined to regulate the internet.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- India is finalizing rules that are to govern content on WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter and other internet hangouts despite concerns that the new regulations are akin to Chinese-style censorship.

Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday said the government will hold extensive consultations with all stakeholders before the rules are formalized but insisted India will not compromise on data sovereignty.

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